In the pages that follow, I focus on moments that interrupt the civilizing process, arguing that these seemingly destructive shows of the interior are, in fact, equally, if not more, invested in the production of the self as the layers of dissimulation involved in the proper behavior demanded at court.
14) Inspired by Baldassare Castiglione's Book of the Courtier (1528), court society placed an increasing demand on self-control, dissimulation, and courtliness.
At the outset of the text, the young princess, who has not been exposed to courtly stimuli, is quite inexperienced when it comes to discerning any kind of truth from this complex web of dissimulation.
At the very least, every attempt at dissimulation effectively and increasingly blurs the boundary between self and representation.
Once onstage, Dissimulation joins the singing, and the Latin turns parodic and is mixed with the vernacular, as praying is equated with cursing:
23) When Dissimulation continues, it is to pray for King Johan's death through the Paternoster, another legal Christian practice.
Bale creatively exploits the theatricality of the Roman Church by turning Dissimulation into a producer of sorts, assigning parts to his cast of clerics and prelates in order to keep congregants paying hefty sums to the church.
The consideration of La manganilla de Melilla relates the theme of prudent dissimulation
to notions of military virtue, through the true story of the defence of the Spanish presidio in 1564, in the face of a besieging Moorish army, by the governor Pedro Venegas, in reality a corrupt leader, who used a series of stratagems to ravage his opponents' forces.
Using a plethora of quotations from the texts, Loewenstein shows how Lillburne developed a pugnacious rhetoric grounded in apocalyptic discourse while also employing the language of dissimulation
to uncover the "treachery of Antichristian politics and power practiced under the guise of revolution and liberty" (33).
I additionally see Bronzino's "Sphinx," itself an enigmatically veiled poetic dissimulation
, as contextually embodying a third aspect.
Nixon's unending dissimulations
practically provoked the new discourse of psychohistory, which so titillated scholars in the 1970s and suggested a way of understanding Nixon as a phenomenon of mind rather than a practitioner of politics.